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Harvest Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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85
very good

1,060 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,060
Reviews: 403
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 26
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Dark auburn color, citrus hop aroma, caramel flavor, medium body

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2007)
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Ratings: 1,060 | Reviews: 403 | Display Reviews Only:
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1/5  rDev -73.2%

ericdailey, Nov 20, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

apasternak, Jul 12, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

SoCaliC8, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of pathead
2/5  rDev -46.4%

pathead, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Chugmonkey
2/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a 12pack and it took like 6 months for it to go away in my beer fridge, used a couple bottles for cooking. Just totally underwhelming. Malty, but zero hop character, totally out of balance. This beer bored me to death. By far the weakest Goose Island brew I've had. Harvest ale? I was expecting a nice Oktoberfest with this kind of name and this just did not deliver.

Chugmonkey, Jun 30, 2008
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

apocalypsezombie, May 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Beernye, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Bighorn
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Bighorn, Sep 18, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

TheBigBoy, Sep 17, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

the_muffin_man, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper hue with a sticky off white head. Pungent nose. Strong nose of grapefruit. Some raisin bread touches of dark fruit and caramel, little bit of toasted grain.

Slightly soapy at first. Sour citric fruit on the tip of the tongue. Touch of banana strangely. Cinnamon raised bread with touches of caramel, some toasted grain. Very balanced and smooth but the flavors dont all meld together, layers of strangeness that aren't offensive but just dont seem to work. Full body, interesting but i just feel the flavors aren't melding properly.

jtierney89, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of stxp
2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

appearance: caramel color, not much/any head, foggy, thin lacing

smell: light, hoppy/cascade-y

taste: not super flavorful, taste the hops, very strong

mouthfeel: semi-dry, harsh

overall: nice color, not very bold flavor or scent

reviewed by beth

stxp, Dec 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Rod_J, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of SColl
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Date Dec. 14, 2012
Type/Style Harvest Ale
Package 12 oz Bottle
Location Home
ABV 5.6%

Aroma: Lemon Zest, Orange, Wheat

Appearance: Amber

Body/ Texture: Medium Body, Good Mouthfeel

Aftertaste: Fruit flavors, bitter, caramel, some banana, some sweetness when warm

Overall: 2.5/5 I was very unimpressed, maybe I just had an old bottle but the beer was very bitter and was not well balanced.

SColl, Dec 21, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

shade13, Jul 25, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

tmars13, Oct 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Pillowburn, Oct 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Beerlover, Aug 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Nightrain, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of jrc64
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color and looked quite promising. Initial aroma is very hoppy and makes you say "Whoah!". Lots of citrus in the aroma as well.

Just could not get past the overwhelming grapefruit taste. Hops were there, but the grapefruit was simply too overwhelming for me. Would drink again only if I had too.

jrc64, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of ibashmuck
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on an amber body. Smells very sweet, maple syrup, a touch of citrus, and a bit of hop bite. Although the hoppiness wasn't too overpowering in the taste, none of the other elements could rise to the hops level, much less above it. A bit if a disappointment.

ibashmuck, Oct 08, 2008
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2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, deep, burnt orange coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white colored head. Aromas of pumpkin sweetness, both rich and creamy, with some very subtle spicing to accent. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg spicing that doesn't come anywhere close to cleaning this thing up. Tangy, bitter overtones throughout, with a touch of hops in the background. This beer is getting more muddled the more I drink. Unbalanced aftertaste, as well, with a roasty, spiced, and cloyingly sweet character. Slick, slightly bitter finish, but there is a filmy sweetness that lingers behind. Not good.

GarthDanielson, Sep 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

dorne29, Jul 31, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

user785335, Oct 31, 2013
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Harvest Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,060 ratings.